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24-hour shift

Posted By: 24ttmt on 2006-11-06
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What companies let you do your work with no set schedule and give you 24 hours to complete your required lines??

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This is in an 8-hour shift
It is an ER account with about 8 or 9 doctors, and every doc has a template, which are counted as lines, and the reports are very short and easy. The platform is ExText.
No Shift Requirements at MDI...Just 24-hour window
Sorry, couldn't let that falsehood go by unchecked.

I've worked at MDI-MD for several months, and THERE IS NO SET SCHEDULE. You have a 24-hour window to get your lines done. You choose the days you wish to work. Not once has anyone ever contacted me to see where I am or what time I will be on. Somedays I get my lines done in a single sitting; other times, I spread it out over the allotted window.

Nope, don't know if it's changed since perhaps you ICd for them or if you've been misinformed, but there is no set shift.
1 extra hour per day in additional to regular shift...nm
As a shift lead I made $15 an hour, but did QA plus lead duties...
I also worked terrible hours with no differential for them. I think it just matters on the company.
This is true. Shift does matter. I work 2nd shift and really have not had any issues with not havi
3rd shift radiology can be like that. Feast or famine. Same with 3rd shift sm
ER work. Sometimes the doctors are too busy to dictate, so they do it at the end. Why don't you talk to them and ask about a different shift?
Ya know, even if I spend time during my shift or after that shift

it is still MY time, expected by the company, and I am not getting paid for it regardless.  I don't answer my phone while I am working, never did, never will.  What other profession, while probably punching a clock, do folks work for free?  If I worked in an office doing this, that time would be paid - say 15 minutes a day x 5 days a week at even $10/hour =   $50 a month - and it is more time spent than that to deal with the email thing and the reminders and the changes in specifics and logging in and out of 3 different accounts when primary is out of work.  GRRR. 

I don't change jobs easily either, glad you are happy where you are - but producing 1400 lines of ACCURATE text will end my career soon (and probably yours also) and then what are we all to do?  My goal is not to work more, work harder and longer hours to produce a salary I can live on. 


think, people! If she does 250 lines/hour, same docs daily, will make $15/hour
100,000/year - no way. I charge $35/hour and work 10 hour days - sm

what's not to believe - I said that I charge $35/hour and work 10 hour days AND DO NOT MAKE - sm

try READING the post.
$35/hour x five 10-hour days = $1,750 gross/week.
$20 an hour is not even average for radiology. You should not make less than $25-30 per hour. sm
I work for Keystrokes and have for 3 years. I average 25 reports an hour, which is $31.25 an hour. I have 401, health insurance, direct deposit, life insurance. My lead tells me I'm wonderful when I talk to her, but I do not need a daily pat on the back.

I also have a good friend who works for them on a clinic. She only makes 0.08 per line but does 300 lines an hour, which is $24 an hour, again higher than your $20.

I don't think we're selling ourselves short. There are companies out there that are good to work for, 6 or 8 of them that I know of personally. Don't settle for $20 an hour.
They pay well 10 cpl days, 11 cpl 2nd shift, 12 for 3rd shift
1300 lines a day required, 65 character line. They have benefits. Don't know much else.
I have worked both 3rd shift and day shift (SM)
including what you call banker's hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). I ran out of work more often on 3rd than I do now on the day shift.
Well if I could do 500 lines per hour, I would be making 35.00 an hour. sm
nothing to sneeze at. More than fair for having a 2-year degree. Come on people, we are all acting like we expect 6-digit incomes! Whatev!
If that's $9.50 an hour, that would be just under 6.5 cpl at 150 lines an hour. nm
Are there any QAs out there that are getting paid by the hour at 15+/hour? If so, where are you and
how are the work conditions/requirements/benefits,etc?
For example, I count every hour on the hour with my job
and while I was posting here and also checking email in between I averaged $22 an hour for 2 hours, not bad for someone who is a) slow or b) does not have a lot of time in transcription work; therefore making me a prime candidate for VR.
Low pay, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST shift.
Been doing this a long time, only wanted to give me 7.5 cents a line.   Guess so many people are looking, they feel they can offer such low pay.
Only 2nd and 3rd shift, though. :( nm
Which shift will you be working?  First shift has to flex a LOT because of low work/no work first thing in the morning, which of course will change your schedule for the rest of the day.  I didn't run out too much on 2nd shift, but if you work Sunday evening, you might not be able to finish out the week because of low work/no work.  (They don't have the best grip on when to turn off overtime on Friday/Saturday to keep enough work around for Sunday workers. Sunday is the end of the pay week.)  Very, very nice people.  My account was very good quality dictation, normal number of ESLs.  I left just last week because I wasn't making as much as I felt I should be making with my experience.  I liked the platform, but somehow I think it interfered with real productivity. I also didn't like working full-time on 2nd shift, but knew if I asked to move to first shift I would be forever flexing.  Just wasn't a good fit for me.  Hope you are happy there & good luck! 
2nd Shift

I will be on 2nd shift 4-12.  That is my regular schedule I enjoy, and I am working Tuesday-Saturday, Sun/Mon off.  So, that should work GOOD for me.  I did read on some posts a while back that it was hard to get production .... I have 10 years experience and I applied for millions of companies.  They seemed to have the most to offer ...  Do you know how easy it is to move up to QA Editor ?  That is what I'm currently doing at Spheris.  I hate having to go back to transcription, but I only have 1 year QA experience. . .

Thanks for your info ! ! !

TT 2nd shift
Gee, thanks, for getting back on tonight and sharing in my work! Last I heard, we're supposed to work our assigned hours. Hope everyone soon has enough work.
They very CLEARLY stated in the interview that we must work the FULL 8-hour shift even if line requirements are met. It doesn't matter, with all the issues of server, their internet, and lack of work, you can't get that in less than 8 hours anyway.
That's 5 cpl for 3rd shift. nm
3rd shift
i was just offered a 3rd shift position with them as well. this is my first time on acute care, and they were willing to give this clinic MT a shot :) coffee will be my best friend!
If she needs someone for a certain shift,
then she needs to hire an employee, not an IC. I don't know how these companies keep getting away with this. Why are they not reported?
shift differential
i have been asking about a shift differential for over 2 years now as i mainly work in the evenings. it's like everything else with them they are in no hurry when it's something that benefits the MT.
No shift diff??
I've ALWAYS gotten a 2nd shift differential in Ohio...wow, that's not fair to U.
I'm just finishing my shift a second job so I
could get a decent paycheck.  MDI has been out of work for months.  Of course, if there are 3 reports on the account not typed, they have someone else come onto the account and type it so they are caught up. 
JLG shift/production
Not sure what you mean by work by the shift versus production. JLG has several different software platforms and some c-phone accounts as well and pay scale and other account requirements vary. As for the accts I have, we are paid by production, 65-character line NO SPACES. I noticed that recently they posted an ad where they were offering to pay spaces for whatever account they were trying to staff, so even that is not uniform.

They say they pay a shift differential. I can tell you that when I hired I had to negotiate that with them specifically...otherwise they were not voluntarily forthcoming in specifying exactly what the shift differential is. Also, about four months later, they adjusted my pay rate DOWN, claiming that everyone in the company was taking the same hit...no way to know for sure. I still make a decent line rate, but it seems to me that my shift differential dried up when the reduction was made and the reduction has never been restored.

With regard to shift, when I hired, there was no universal requirement to work weekends (I hired as an IC). I was told I could work as much or as little as I wanted to. However, later on they did REQUIRE that we all work at least one weekend day (including ICs). Of course, again, I have no way of knowing if that has been enforced across the board.

Beyond that, at least in my case, they have been very flexible with my hours and days, just as long as I put in eight hours on the weekend. That eight hours does not necessarily have to be on the same day...can be split between Saturday and Sunday if you like. I don't work 5 days straight (Tuesday through Saturday or Sunday through Thursday). I like 2 days on, 1 day off, 3 days on, 1 day off...and that has been no problem. From time to time, I switch my day off and that has also never been a problem.

I am not sure how this works for fulltime employees and keep in mind, this may not apply to other accounts.
Ad from July said ICs for 2nd and 3rd shift only. Don't know anything else. nm
Is your shift key not working???
What's with the 'all lowercase' posts?
Shift differentials
Do companies have to pay shift differentials?
Webmedx pays shift differentials :)
If you are a 2nd shift, experienced rad MT, I bet
Keystrokes would go to 0.10 or .105 per line.

Make sure they know that you want another shift. There are
new accounts starting all the time, and if they know you want a different shift, they will move you the first chance there is. I have learned with Keystrokes that if you communicate well with them, they will bend over backwards. Took me a while to understand that they could not get the thought transfers I was trying to send :)

Seriously though, talk to them. You will find them to be more accommodating than a lot of other companies.
Shift lead

MTs were required to transcribe during our shift, and the shift lead part will now be handled by the team leader.  I have a good line rate and am happy to be typing, no problems here.  They are still a good company to work for.

What about shift differential?
My company does require a time sheet, but I think it's partly so they can pay your actual shift differential.

Does Keystrokes pay more for later hours?
No shift differential, but.......
Their pay rate is a little higher than most companies, and it is really easy to get a good line count there. I do anywhere between 2000-3000 lines a shift, so I am very happy and find that I don't even need a shift differential to make great money.
Regarding shift assignments, POV is everything!

From my point of view, day shift is the worst shift, third shift is the best, and second shift is just plain annoying.  When I worked in a hospital, I requested third shift; I was NOT working on third because I was new to the game and needed to earn my place on first shift. It was so much quieter, with less commotion, chaos, and crowds.  Now, I work at home and still prefer the third shift.  I don't want to have to ask someone's permission to take off for a day appointment or attend an occasional event or run an errand that can only be accomplished between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.  Also, my town is much more quiet at night; people aren't out there mowing their lawns or using those noisy weedeater contraptions, or even slamming car doors.  I hear very few screams in the night...

My point is that everyone has his/her own preferences.  There is no BEST shift or BEST anything; it is all a matter of opinion.

It would really mess up the whole job-seeking/recruitment game if we all proclaimed that we preferred third shift, or treated an offer of first shift as a punitive measure rather than that of a favorable move. 

Who was it that decided that day shift is best, or that doctors are Gods?  I think it is all part of the major brainwashing scheme.  Some accepted opinions in this world are not what we think they are. 

As an example, prior to the 1920s, the COLOR for BOYS was PINK?   Some one person must have started it, and the whole world accepted it, and now PINK is the color that we think of as being for GIRLS.

Let one person start an MT trend.  Then, word of mouth and the follow-me process will cause it to become an acceptable method/thought/science, whatever.

Come to think of it, isn't this the way that AAMT (or whatever the name now) and Stedman's books became the law?

Excuse me for getting off on a tangent;I realize this is not meant to be a blog.  Maybe I'll go find out how to start a blog, or maybe I'll just go back to knitting and looping.

BTW, I only can express my own opinions or facts, if I know them.  Otherwise, I am no God or Goddess, and do not want to be one.  For this reason, you will not hurt my feelings or change my mind, no matter what insults you may send my way.  For, I realize that you also must be a human, and you also must have some limitations.  So, even though hot debate may be healthy and fun, there aren't too many winners that result from it.

Maybe because I worked 2nd shift?
Not sure, my supe just blew me off about it.  Also I found it never pays to work the holidays there (recognized and unrecognized) because there was rarely enough to type, and then you spent the rest of the week scrambling to get your time in as well as losing the holiday.  So double lines is no incentive when you're getting maybe a third of the lines you would on a normal production day, you can't break even line-wise under those circumstances.
TT, what is considered 1st shift? What is 2nd?
Very few. More often a 2nd or 3rd shift diff will
What is the avg cpl of 3rd shift differential?...
...seems like when I did third shift before for an MTSO the cpl differential was 0.005 or something like that.  Any info is most appreciated.
shift differential
I get 1 cent per line for 3rd shift.
You WILL have TT work on 3rd shift
No just put your regular shift
Just put your regular schedule unless you work approved OT. That is all that is necessary for the payroll people because they go by line count anyway.
Can you split a shift?

Sorry about all of the questions.  Have several full-time offers, just trying to make the right choice and need at least a little flexibility.

second shift/weekend
I work second/third shift and one weekend day but I do not get a shift diff so the pay is the same either way. I am on SR and only make 0.06 a line. The shift diff would have helped out.
Do they have shift differentials?
What if you work nights and weekends, how high does the line rate go? Is 0.075 the base pay before any incentives?